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Guide for Scholarship Recipients

Marylhurst University scholarships are funded by gifts from university friends and alumni. We acknowledge their generosity by creating a book for them that includes a photo and thank-you letter from their scholarship recipient(s).

We ask all students who receive Marylhurst scholarships to submit a thank-you letter and current photograph. We consider this a very important final step in the scholarship application process, so we won't release scholarship funds to your account until we have your thank-you letter and photo in hand.

Here are more specifics about what we need from you.

Thank-you letters

  • Please write one letter for each scholarship you receive.
  • Please submit your letter(s) on plain white 8.5" x 11" paper. We won't accept hand-written letters.
  • Keep your letter(s) to one page.
  • Address the donor(s) of your scholarship(s) in your salutation (See the Messages tab in FinAidOnline to learn who to address your letter(s) to).
  • In your letter, identify yourself, your education plans, and your hopes and ambitions for the future.
  • Please ensure your letter is grammatically correct, as well as professional in tone and content. If you need guidance, Diana Hacker's book, A Writer's Reference, is a great resource. It's available at the virtual bookstore, Shoen Library and the Writing Center.
  • Print or type your name and also hand-sign your letter(s) before submitting to the Office of Financial Aid.

If you need help writing your letter, please contact the Marylhurst Writing Center

View examples of thank-you letters 


  • Please submit a current photo to the Office of Financial Aid. If you don't have a current photo, a financial aid staff member can take your picture when you drop by the office.
  • Photos must be no smaller than 3" x 5".
  • Photos must be clear and in focus in order to be scanned.

Thank you for helping us express our gratitude to those who make our scholarship program possible!

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